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Classical Civilisation

Classical Civilisation is the study of the history, archaeology and literature of two of the most fascinating cultures in world history: Ancient Greece and Rome.

We are one of very few schools in the area and, increasingly, the country - to offer a traditional classical education - unsurprisingly leading to some enviable results. In 2016, eight of our students went on to study a Classics-based degree at some of the best universities in the country, including Cambridge, UCL and KCL.

During this course you’ll study a variety of texts and subjects, including Homer’s Odyssey – one of the foundation texts of western culture; the fall of the Roman Republic, through the eyes of Cicero, Rome’s greatest orator; as well as Augustus and the foundation of the Principate – the creation of an empire which would last 400 years in the west and 1400 years in the east.

Teaching is based on a university seminar style, where you will read texts or primary and secondary sources in preparation for class discussion and debate. Out-of-classroom experiences form a significant part of the syllabus – with regular trips to Greece and Italy.

This subject is for you:

if you enjoy reading, history, politics, art and archaeology. You will have an aptitude for essay-writing and will enjoy debate. You’ll also be excited by culture and the human experience. Cambridge University ranks their Classicists as amongst their most employable arts graduates – offering advanced transferable skills in languages, analytical thinking, essay-writing, visual analysis, critical sensitivity and source analysis.


100% exam – four x 1 ½ hr papers taken at the end of Yr 2

Subject Level Yr Grp Exam Board
Classical Civilisation GCE UVI AQA